For some incoming metropolis staff in Atlanta, a drug check will now not be a prerequisite for the job.

That’s due to an executive order issued earlier this month by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that suspended bodily examinations and drug screenings “potential staff who are usually not making use of for employment in security delicate positions.” 

The order “additionally grants the Commissioner of the Division of Human Sources the authority to administratively set up necessities for pre-employment bodily examinations and drug testing for security delicate positions and should designate sure employment classifications which have an effect on security and /or safety as security delicate positions.”

“The present pre-employment testing necessities for these in search of jobs, not associated to security and safety, are outdated and expensive limitations to onboarding new expertise within the Metropolis of Atlanta,” Bottoms said in a press release earlier this month. “As we proceed to reform our employment course of, making a optimistic worker expertise is essential to attracting and sustaining a top-tier workforce, whereas guaranteeing alternatives are accessible to all.”

The “security delicate” designation means the order won’t prolong to “law enforcement officials or individuals who drive sanitation vans, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

One other Step To Get rid of Discriminatory Hiring Practices

Bottoms’ workplace famous that the chief order is “one other step towards reaching Mayor Bottoms’ imaginative and prescient for town as One Atlanta and the Administration’s fairness agenda,” saying that the trouble additionally included the “institution of the first-ever Mayor’s Workplace of Fairness, Range, and Inclusion.”

“Beforehand, Mayor Bottoms eliminated the wage historical past query on employment purposes in an effort to make sure honest hiring practices. Research have proven that on common, girls earn 80 cents for each greenback their male counterparts earn. For girls of colour, the wage hole is much more disparate,” Bottoms’ office said in a statement. “Black girls on common earn 62 cents for each greenback their white male counterpart earns. For Latinas, the hole is 53 cents for each greenback—or 47 % much less. Mayor Bottoms’ transfer to revise pre-employment screenings and wage historical past questions from the Metropolis’s hiring practices builds upon Atlanta’s choice in 2014 to ban a requirement for folks with criminal convictions to reveal that info on job purposes.”

The transfer comes amid a wave of legalization all through the nation, which has pressured state and native governments to rethink its remedy of marijuana. Different cities have additionally thought of casting off employment drug screenings, a transfer advocates have lengthy referred to as for.

“The abolishment of this discriminatory coverage is lengthy overdue,” NORML’s deputy director Paul Armentano said in response to the executive order in Atlanta. “Using hashish throughout one’s off hours poses no respectable office security risk and the tens of thousands and thousands of Individuals who have interaction on this conduct ought to now not be stigmatized or denied employment due to it.”

Together with the ever-changing legal guidelines surrounding marijuana—and its rising acceptance among the many inhabitants at massive—there may be additionally proof to assist casting off pre-employment drug screenings. 

A study published last year by researchers from the College of Toronto discovered “no proof that hashish customers skilled increased charges of work-related accidents,” however the authors of the examine stated that “occupational medication practitioners ought to take a risk-based strategy to drafting office hashish insurance policies.”